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HBO Charts Barack Obama's Journey in Three-Night Documentary Event

ALSO: Olympics gymnastics and track, Netflix bows conversion therapy doc Pray Away, and more.
  • Barack Obama, photographed in the White House Rose Garden in 2014 (Pete Souza/The White House)
    Barack Obama, photographed in the White House Rose Garden in 2014 (Pete Souza/The White House)

    HBO is marking Barack Obama’s 60th birthday with Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union, a three-night documentary event that takes viewers from the 45th president’s childhood into the present day. Also today: the Olympics continue with gymnastics, swimming and track, Netflix examines the enduring harm of conversion therapy in Pray Away, and The Have and the Have Nots cast sits down for Part 2 of their post-finale reunion. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy on TV this Tuesday:

    Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union: Docuseries premiere. HBO looks at Barack Obama’s formative years in the first part of its three-night documentary event. The new film weaves together conversations with Obama’s colleagues, friends, and critics with his own speeches and news interviews as it tracks the 45th president’s personal and professional journey. Watch trailer. 9:00 PM ET on HBO

    Olympics Coverage:

    • Men’s Soccer: Semifinals begin at 4:00 AM ET/1:00 AM PT on NBCSN
    • Men’s Basketball: Quarterfinals begin at 4:15 AM ET/1:15 AM PT on USA
    • Men’s Sport Climbing; Canoe/Kayak: Finals; Men’s and Women’s Cycling: Team Sprints Finals; Women’s Water Polo: Quarterfinals 12:00 PM ET/9:00 AM PT on NBC
    • Women’s Swimming: Open Water 10km 5:30 PM ET/2:30 PM PT on NBCSN
    • Men’s Diving: Springboard Finals; Track & Field: Men’s 110M Hurdles, Womens’ 400M Hurdles; Men’s Gymnastics: Horizontal Bar Final; Women’s Gymnastics: Balance Beam Final 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on NBC
    • Track & Field: Decathlon, Heptathlon, Men’s Javelin 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on USA
    • Beach Volleyball: Quarterfinals 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on CNBC
    • Additional coverage streaming all day on Peacock

    Pray Away: Original documentary. Director Kristine Stolakis shines a light on the origins of conversion therapy and the harm caused by the “pray the gay away” movement in this powerful documentary, which debuted to rave reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival in June. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    The Haves and the Have Nots Reunion: Part 2 of 2. The cast of Tyler Perry’s primetime soap reflect on the OWN drama’s legacy. 8:00 PM ET on OWN

    Top Secret UFO Projects: Declassified: Netflix joins the UFO game with a new docuseries that promises “proof exposing the most top-secret government projects” involving extraterrestrial presence on Earth. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    Shiny_Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord: Original documentary. Maximilian Schmidt, the inspiration behind Netflix’s How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast), reveals how he built an online drug empire from his childhood bedroom in this new German-language documentary. Watch trailer. Streaming on Netflix

    The Real Housewives of New York City: New episode. 9:00 PM ET on Bravo.

    Motherland: Fort Salem: Raelle (Taylor Hickson) fights for her life, while Abigail (Ashley Nicole Williams) and Adil’s (Tony Giroux) thirst for vengeance escalates. Watch preview. 10:00 PM ET on Freeform

    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union, HBO, Barack Obama